Prepare new policy to make agriculture more profitable business: Agrawal
RAIPUR: In order to make agriculture a more profitable business
in the state, Agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal, asked the officers to
prepare draft of new agriculture policy and for that to take help of remote
He said, for the preparation of the new agriculture policy,
Chhattisgarh could be divided into three sectors – Sarguja, Bastar and general
sector, according to geography, monsoon and weather of the particular areas.
Districts of Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg divisions will be included in the
general sector. Agriculture policy should be prepared, while paying attention
on the type of soil and rainfall of the area, Agrawal said.
The minister on Friday held meeting of senior departmental
officers for about five hours, while reviewing the schemes and programmes of
Agriculture department. He instructed the officers to bring practical changes
to make schemes more successful and farmer-oriented. He said that mainly the
departmental schemes and programmes were cultivation based on weather and
centred on single crop.
The minister said that innovation in agriculture sector is
needed to make farmers of Chhattisgarh prosperous. The department has to work
according to the changed environment. While reviewing the departmental works he
gave emphasise on the agriculture related points given in the manifesto and the
works so far done in pursuance of the declarations made in the Assembly.
Additional chief secretary agriculture and agriculture
production commissioner Ajay Singh, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University vice
chancellor Dr SK Patil, secretary agriculture PC Pandey, Chhattisgarh State
Agriculture and Seed Development Corporation managing director Amrit Khalkho,
MARKFED managing director SK Jaiswal, director Agriculture PR Kridutt and other
senior officers were present in the meeting.
Agrawal said that the department should have clear policy and
thought for make agriculture more profit making in Chhattisgarh. By encouraging
farmers, areas of cash crops like pulses and oilseeds have to be increased. In
spite of depending on monsoon, it is necessary to increase irrigated area
through small irrigation schemes. He asked the officers to prepare action plan
of the department for the next five years.
Agrawal, giving practical suggestions regarding various schemes,
instructed to bring changes in the rules and procedures of schemes and said
that for crop insurance scheme, in spite of tehsil, ‘Phasal Aanavari’ units
should be formed by joining 8-10 villages. With it, the farmer would get proper
benefit of the insurance scheme.
Agrawal discussed with the officers about establishing
departmental fund for dealing with the loss to the farmer caused by
non-sprouting of seeds supplied by the state government. He instructed to open
Krishi Seva Kendras in the naxal violence-hit Bijapur and Sukma districts and
to arrange seeds and fertilizers at the centres already established.